One in four customers are still running the Windows 7 operating system, but Microsoft have taken the decision to stop supporting Windows 7 from today (Tuesday 14th Jan 2020) so that it can focus on “newer technologies”.
The drop in support of Windows 7 users means they will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep your machines safe.
So, what does this mean for me and my business?
In a nutshell it means any computers running Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates, making systems susceptible to new viruses, ransomware and spyware.
If hackers find a flaw in Windows 7, then Microsoft will not be providing a fix for it.
Without the software and security updates, Windows 7 computers are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware, Microsoft wrote on its website.
Even if you are running antivirus on your computers it is not a 100% guarantee that your computers will be safe, as all antivirus software is reactive, i.e. they release a fix to keep your computer safe once the vulnerability has been found.
What are the risks to my business?
Hackers use malware to evade your security systems to damage or disable your computers and more importantly your company data.
Viruses and Ransomware can be used to steal and hijack business and financial data and hold companies to ransom until a payment is made.
In May 2017, the NHS was hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack.
A government report in 2018 concluded that the attack could have been avoided if NHS Trusts had updated their computers and applied the necessary security patches.
Any computers running Windows 7 are also not compliant with the GDPR (data protection) regulations.
What should I do with Windows 7 PCs in my business?
The first thing to mention is that after Tuesday any computers running Windows 7 will still work. Over time however they will become less secure and third party software may stop working.
We are advising everyone who have not yet upgraded to Windows 10 to do so as soon as possible. If you are unsure what operating system you are using call us and we can advise on 01373 470170
If your applications only work with Windows 7 then we can virtualise the applications so you can run them on Windows 10 computers or advise on running Windows 7 computers in a secure environment.
Windows Server 2008 and Small Business Server 2011 also become unsupported from today and run the same risks.
For more information and a no obligation call please call us on 01373 470170 or schedule a call in with us below.